Jonathan McCully

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  1. Got my tracks for my Festool track saw as well as my TSO guide rail square. Both were suggestions from @Chet which I really appreciate. Currently working on installing some shelving in my garage for storage, and the track saw was incredible at breaking down sheets of ply. I haven’t ever felt that safe breaking down ply when I used my shop-made track and circular saw. Such a great purchase, if only to help me keep all my digits.
  2. Really like the suggestion of the TSO rail square. That seems like a really smart addition for making square cuts. I’m a bit confused about your recommendation for a 55 and 75” rail. You mentioned that with 2 55” rails, I would have the saw hanging off the end when cutting an 8’ piece of ply. Wouldn’t my saw hang off the end even more if I connect a 55 and 75 for that same 8’ piece? Maybe I’m just not visualizing this correctly and I appreciate the correction.
  3. Bought a TS 55 from recon awhile back, and now that I’ve moved, I’m looking to buy some tracks in order to more easily rip sheets of plywood. I’m planning to buy two 55” tracks, but am unsure whether to buy the Accessory Kit Systainer or just buy two rail connectors. Do any of you have experience with the accessory kit and are the accessories worth buying or should I save some money and just buy the connectors? Thanks.
  4. Really like how you put the drum sander up on a storage cart for your abrasives. I’ve never seen anyone do that. Will have to remember that for the future.
  5. I was thinking 12' in mine, but that may be a bit overkill. 10' seems to be sufficient for sure. Definitely appreciate you guys leading me to this thread. I've gotten a number of good ideas from @gee-dub
  6. Hey guys, been awhile since I’ve been on these forums. Long story short, my life has been pretty crazy/complicated over the past 18 months and I haven’t touched a tool (besides a screwdriver for minor home repairs) or a piece of wood in that period of time. In the past month, I’ve gotten out of the Army, moved to Utah, and started a new job. Next week I move into a new home with the hope that I may never move again. As I expect to be here for a long time, I’m planning to build a shop and was hoping to get some tips/wisdom from you guys. Here’s what I’m thinking. The shop will be 1200 sq ft (30x40), wood framed, and well-insulated for A/C (it gets crazy hot here in the summer, but winters are mild). I’d like to wall off my dust collector to reduce noise and my contractor recommended having an outside door that opens into the DC room in order to better insulate the shop and reduce dust in the shop when emptying. The inside will be finished with insulation and drywall, and I’m still on the fence about whether to put the ducting inside the walls and ceiling or on the outside. Clearly, hiding the ducting looks nice, but doesn’t give me the flexibility to move tools around as easily. The other question that I have is how much space to potentially dedicate to a separate finishing room. I like the idea of having a clean room for finishing as having only ever worked in the garage in the past, I always had to do a major cleanup before finishing or end up with some dust particles in my finish. So, the main questions I have right now are these: 1. Ducting inside the ceiling or outside? 2. How much space to dedicate to a finishing room? 3. Any other pearls of wisdom that you wish you would have considered or things that you have done in your shop builds that have made it amazing? As always, I really appreciate you all and your collective wisdom in helping those of us who are a bit more green with this sort of thing. Look forward to hearing what you have to say.
  7. Picked up a Festool track saw from recon the other day. I’ve been wanting one of these for awhile. Contemplated the cordless one, but decided I don’t really want another set of batteries and chargers in the shop and liked the price tag on this one. Excited to put it to use.
  8. Have a couple of items from Blue Spruce. Always expensive but good quality and beautiful
  9. Outside of woodworking, I try to only add activities to my life that allow me to connect with my wife and kids or others. So, to that end, we do as much hiking as we can as well as visiting national park service sites. There are over 400 of them in the country and we are determined to visit them all. I am also a big board gamer, a hobby which exploded for me during the past year. I have close to 100 board games in my collection now. Hoping to get my kids into the shop more as they get older too.
  10. Thanks for the explanation. Thankfully, I happen to have the Sd208s set, so seems like I should be alright.
  11. Why is that? As someone moving from a Ridgid to a SawStop in the very near future and who owns the 8” Freud set, I’d be really curious to understand that a bit more. Does it affect the safety mechanism somehow, and can you use the Freud style set even though it’s not recommended?
  12. Looks great so far. Love watching people with more experience than I have design and build as they go. I’m hopeful my skill level will allow me that flexibility/creativity someday. Never would have thought to use a torsion box to give the top more stability without adding significant weight. Very clever and I’ll have to remember that.
  13. Thank you all for your advice. I'll hold off on the drill press table and buy a much cheaper bushing. Then, perhaps, someday I'll get around to building a table for the DP.
  14. Biggest thing I want my drill press for right now is to make all of the bench dog holes on my upcoming Roubo build. Just want to ensure I have accurate, 90 deg holes. The reason I’m looking to purchase rather than build is just to save time as I have a list of projects to complete that is a mile long. Not opposed to building one myself though if I can find a good plan.
  15. Looking to buy a drill press table and fence from Woodpecker. Seems they want to charge me $50 for the slowest and cheapest shipping option. Does Woodpecker ever offer free shipping or discounts?
  16. Beautiful table. Love the grain pattern on that cherry. One of my favorite woods to use. Nice job!
  17. Beautiful work. Just out of curiosity, how long did those carvings take you to do? I know nothing about wood carving, other than the pocketknife whitling I used to do as a kid.
  18. Looks like Klingspoor has like 7 different paper types. Any recommendations on which to use?
  19. Nicely done Drew. Can't believe I never thought about doing through tenons in this way with dominos. Glad to see that it came out as sturdy as you wanted it to.
  20. I’m a sucker for anything Blue Spruce. Bought their coping saw about a year ago and still haven’t used it
  21. The old version used to jump to the newest post in a thread that I hadn’t read yet. Seems I now have to go looking for that in this new version. Anyone else notice this change? Or do I need to modify a setting somewhere?
  22. Welcome! Always nice to have new people to join us and motivate us with their amazing projects.
  23. Looks really nice Tom. Will have to keep that in mind if and when I need a new one. Never have liked how clippings get left behind even when bagging
  24. I really love my Grripers as well. I don’t particularly like my blade guard and it has no dust collection functionality, so I typically leave it off, so I love the Grrrripers for when I’m cutting small parts or ripping a thin strip off of one side when I’m finishing my milling.